over 130 kms south-west of Jaipur is Ajmer, a burgeoning
town on the shore of the Ana Sagar, flanked by barren
hills. Historically, Ajmer had considerable strategic
importance and was sacked by Mohammed of Ghori on
one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later
it became a favourite residence of the mighty Mughals.
Ajmer is a major centre for Muslim pilgrims during
the fast of Ramazan, and has some impressive Muslim
is the tomb of a sufi saint, Khwaja Muin-uddin Chisti,
who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. Construction
of the shrine was completed by Humayun. Constructed
of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian
inscription running the full length of the building.
It has a marble dome and the actual tomb inside
is surrounded by a silver platform. The tomb attracts
hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year on
the anniversary of the saint's death.
is one of the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture,
this mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century.
In 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college
and a mosque was built in its place. The mosque
was built on pillars and surprisingly, no two pillars
the Royal Palace of Akbar was converted into a Museum
and today it houses a rich collection of Mughal
and Rajput armoury. Some of the fine and delicate
sculptures of the region have been displayed here.
The building itself has been constructed of red
sandstone which have been laid down in a square
pattern, giving it a fabulous look.
was built by Anaji during 1135-1150 AD. Later the
mughal emperors made additional constructions to
beautify the lake. The 'Baradari', a marble pavilion
was built by Shah Jahan and the ' Daulat Bagh '
gardens were laid by Jahangir. This lake is located
towards the north of Ajmer city.
built in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the
fort gives birds eye view of the city. Taragarh
fort or the ' Star fort ' is situated on a hill
and to reach there one has to take winding bridle
The Red temple on Prithviraj Marg is a Jain temple
built last century and is definitely worth checking
out. Its double storey hall contains a fascinating
series of large, gilt wooden figures from Jain mythology
which depict the Jain concept of the ancient world.
This red coloured Jain temple was built in the late
19th century. The wooden gilt in the double storeyed
hall depicts scenes from the Jain mythology. The
beauty of this temple is widely acclaimed.
There are various buses from Ajmer to Jaipur, Delhi.
State transport buses go to many destinations including
Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bundi, Bharatpur, Bikaner and
Train: Ajmer is on
the Delhi - Jaipur - Marwar - Ahmedabad - Mumbai
line and most of the trains on this line stop at
Ajmer. There is a Shatabdi express between Ajmer